Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood is outrageous and politically motivated.  Komen’s founder Nancy G. Brinker says the organization’s decision has been “mischaracterized”, but I do not agree.

Komen’s website says that they are “…the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists…[that works]…together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science…”.  They raise billions of dollars for research, care and advocacy and then decide to deny countless women access to life saving breast cancer screenings.  Why?  I can sum it up in one word: politics.

Ms. Brinker, I want you to know that we in Philadelphia are disappointed in your decision and I hope that you reconsider your “grant policy” because Planned Parenthood is your ally, not the enemy, in the fight to defeat breast cancer.

Senator Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at


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